A massive collection of demo music from retro sound cards, drivers, and music software
Back in the day, when not all computer audio was created equally, everyone wanted the absolute best sound card on the market. It could make a vast difference in your desktop experience if you played a game listening to a PC speaker versus hearing it come thumping out of a Sound Blaster 16, for example.
It was an exciting time for gaming as well as the age of multimedia and digital music creation.
This collection brings together the demo songs that would come with certain products, meant to show off the best audio of the time.
They may sound like clicks and buzzes and beeps now, but back in the day, it was unbelievable how a computer could even play tunes like this at all. We would sit there and just listen to them over and over again, ushering in this new era with pride in our expensive-ass hardware and software.
I hope the ancient ones like me out there will get many, many hits of Déjà vu as they travel back across these soundscapes, and I hope that you new, curious folks will smile when you hear what you've discovered from a very, very different time in our audio history.
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This release contains the sound tests and demo music from the following radical devices, drivers, and programs, all properly (and professionally) named, tagged, and sorted - an instant collection to archive for future generations to enjoy:
AdLib Gold 1000
AdLib Juke Box
AdLib MSC 16
AdLib Music Synthesizer Card
AdLib Visual Composer
Analog Devices SoundMAX Driver
Creative Labs Trade Show Demo Collection
Creative Music System
DirectX Diagnostic Tool
IBM PC Music Feature Card
Pro AudioSpectrum 16
Sound Blaster 16
Sound Blaster Juke Box
Sound Blaster Pro
General Soundcard Configuration
Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions (Sound Blaster 16 Version)
Running time: 13 hours, 5 minutes Format: MP3 (128-320 kbps) Number of tracks: 389 Filesize: 2.13 GB